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Investment approved for section of Grand Paris metro 08/08/2014

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In July Société du Grand Paris approved 3.490 billion euros of investment for the Grand Paris project, which is to extend the Paris metro network with an automated line circling the city and other automated lines connecting different suburbs to each other.

The approved funding is for infrastructure for Line 16 (Noisy-Champs to Saint-Denis Pleyel ) and covers also a section of Line 17 (Le Bourget RER to Saint-Denis Pleyel ) and a section of Line 14 (Saint-Denis Pleyel to Mairie de Saint-Ouen). The 29km of infrastructure will be entirely underground and comprise nine new stations, seven of which will offer connections to the RER network, metros or trams.

The investment for rolling stock is to be approved in a separate decision at the end of 2015. Trains on lines 16 and 17 are to have 500-person capacity and are expected to enter service in 2023.

The expected ridership for line 16 from the opening is 150,000 to 200,000 passengers on week days.


Source: Société du Grand Paris press release

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Preferred operator selected for Syndey automated metro 01/08/2014

Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales, Australia, and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced on 24 June that the 8.3 billion Australian dollar North West Rail Link automated metro in Sydney has reached its most important milestone yet, with a preferred operator selected to run the new rapid transit service.

The preferred operator, the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium, has been selected as to deliver the project’s operations contract. This consortium is made up of: MTR Corporation (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group.

“This is a landmark moment for the North West Rail Link and the NSW Government will now work with the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium to further negotiate and finalise this multi-billion-dollar contract, which is expected to be awarded later this year,” Mr Baird said.

“This will be one of the biggest Public Private Partnerships ever awarded in the history of NSW – and shows again how hard the NSW Government is working to ease congestion and get this state moving.”

The Operations, Trains and Systems (OTS) contract includes:

  • Building the eight brand new railway stations;
  • Delivering 4,000 commuter car parking spaces;
  • Supplying Sydney’s new generation, fully-automated rapid transit trains;
  • Building and operating the stabling and maintenance facility at Tallawong Road;
  • Installing tracks, signalling, mechanical and electrical systems;
  • Upgrading and converting the railway between Epping to Chatswood to rapid transit status; and
  • Operating the North West Rail Link – including all maintenance work.

Ms Berejiklian said that due to the highly commercial nature of ongoing discussions with the preferred consortium, the NSW Government will be in a position to provide more detail about Northwest Rapid Transit’s proposal when the contracts are signed later this year.

The NSW Government will pay the successful operator to run the North West Rail Link and meet customer service contract requirements like running trains on time and making sure they are clean. The Government will set and control fares.

Source: press release of Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Western Sydney

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